Book Review: Katerina by James Frey @SimonSchusterCA @SimonBooks @GalleryBooks @ScoutPressBooks #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviews #Katerina #JamesFrey

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PUBLISHER: Gallery/Scout Press

PUBLICATION DATE: September 11th, 2018

 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending my a beautiful ARC copy of this book to read and review.

Synopsis: 

This book follows the story of the main character, Jay. He is all kinds of messed up. This book is a love story that is written in alternating timelines, between 1992 Paris and 2018 Los Angeles.

Jay is young and is an aspiring writer. He makes the move from the USA to Paris in an attempt to become a professional writer, and is hard into love and sex, drugs and the madness of youth.

While in Paris, Jay meets a woman named Katerina. She is just as wild as him, and it appears he has met his match. They have a whirlwind romance, with lots of sex, drugs, and craziness. When it appears to him he has hit rock bottom, he moves back to the USA leaving Katerina and his life in Paris behind.

Twenty-five years later, Jay is the writer he has always aspired to be – he is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.

My Review: 

Wow!! This book!

I literally had to take a few days after finishing this book to process what I had read and get my thoughts straight. The writing just blew me away!! It left me speechless!

This was the first book I have read by James Frey and wow, I can say that I am now a huge fan! He has such a way of writing that pulls you in! I will definitely be on the lookout for his other books.

Sex, drugs, and alcohol. That is a common and frequent storyline of the book. Jay sleeps with various women, has many one night stands, drinks and drinks and drinks, and does drugs like there’s no tomorrow. He is all kinds of messed up and his character is very easy to dislike, or hate. He hits rock bottom. He makes a complete mess of his life, and along the way he meets Katerina. They have a whirlwind romance, with more sex, drugs, and alcohol. She is just as crazy and messed up as he is… and he loves it.

I found myself literally flipping through the pages of this book as I was curious what would happen next. I wanted to see how much more messed up Jay could get (if that was possible!). I wanted to see how far his relationship with Katerina would go. There were so many shocking parts and surprises in this book it makes it so hard to put down.

I loved the writing! Wow…Just wow!

I found myself emotional reading through the book. Especially near the end. Without giving away any spoilers, I just want to say this book left me speechless and teary eyed at the end. Such a powerful book!

Definitely a must read! Get this book now!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

 

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Book Review: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley @SusannaKearsley @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #Bellewether #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLICATION DATE: Sourcebooks Landmark

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2018

 

Thank you to the publisher Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a free finished copy of this book to read and review. 

Can we just take a moment to look at this book cover. The cover of this book is stunning! I just love it! 

Synopsis:

“The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.” 

It is late summer, a war is currently raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. We are introduced to a young French Canadian lieutenant named Jean-Philippe de Sabran who is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, the Wilde family, and is an unwilling and unwelcome guest in their home. He begins to find himself attracted to the family’s daughter Lydia Wilde.

Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley’s latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you’ve closed the last page.

My Review:

This story is told in two different timelines – THE PAST from alternating points of view of Jean-Philippe de Sabran and Lydia Wilde, and THE PRESENT from the point of view of Charley, a museum curator who is determined to unveil the truth of what truly happened all those years ago.

Charley was a fun character and I enjoyed reading the chapters from her point of view. She was determined and focused on uncovering the truth and mystery of what truly happened all those years ago, with Lydia Wilde and her family, and Jean-Philippe de Sabran. Did their love story end tragically, as the legend suggests, or is there more to the story? It was fun to read about Charley’s own love story as well, when she meets a man named Sam. He was a very likeable character and it was fun and enjoyable to read about their friendship and watch their love unfold.

Jean-Philippe was a fun character to read about as well. He seemed like a loyal, kind, gentle and honest man. He found himself becoming more and more interested in the young Lydia Wilde and found her attractive. He often put others before himself which showed how much he cared about others and was a true gentleman.

Lydia Wilde was an interesting character as well. She found herself interested in Jean-Philippe and would often steal glances his way when he wasn’t looking. I found it endearing and adorable to read about their love story and watching it all unfold. 

This was such a magical book to read and I found it captivating and full of wonder. It had the right amount of historical fiction and romance, to bring the reader a magical love story. I found the twists in the book to be surprising, as I was not expecting them to unfold the way they did, and I loved that.

Such a magical read and I highly recommend this book!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Book Review: The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel @HBGCanada @GrandCentralPub @sarah_zettel #bookreview #theothersister #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: August 28th, 2018

 

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a free physical copy of this book to read and review.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The description of this book completely sucked me in and I knew it would be a book that I would really enjoy…

Two sisters, one murder plan. One sister is bad…one sister is good.

Geraldine Monroe is the bad sister. She is a troubled girl who often finds herself in trouble and causing trouble for others. She often makes a scene and embarasses herself and her family. She is reckless, disobedient, and suddenly disappeared after their mother’s death 20 years ago.

Marie Monroe is the good sister. She is polite, obedient, and follows the rules. She does anything to please her father, and lives at the family home with her father and her teenage son.

Their father Martin Monroe can be overbearing and controlling. Afterall he does have a family reputation to uphold. A lot of the things thriving in the city have been because of the Monroe family. Marie is the one who takes it upon herself to follow her father’s orders to please him, thus is the good sister.

 

MY REVIEW:

This book sucked me in from the beginning. The Other Sister is so full of family drama, family secrets, deception, betrayal and lies. A complete recipe for the perfect disaster. I found initially that both sisters are completely different. You have the trouble maker and you have the innocent obedient one.

The Monroe family is so concerned with keeping up appearances and seeming like the perfect, respectable family. Their father, Martin, is especially dark and twisted. The sisters have a secret though. They have a plan to work together to stop at nothing to destroy the one person responsible for destroying their family and them – their father.

It was easy for me to quickly despise the father Martin. He was twisted and evil, and I had no use for him. Geraldine, the troubled sister, had her issues but I found myself many times feeling sorry for her and her situation. Marie, the good sister, I seemed to like but she is hiding her fair share of secrets as well.

Without giving too much away I enjoyed this book. There are many characters you will learn to love and despise, and lots of twists and turns and shocking secrets revealed that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read this book.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

Book Review: After the Fire by Will Hill @WillHillauthor @SourcebooksFire @RaincoastBooks #AftertheFire #WillHill #bookreview #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2018

 

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Raincoast Books for providing me with a free physical paperback copy of this amazing book to read.

This book follows the story of a young woman named Moonbeam… Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.

Three words to describe this book – survival, perseverance and control.

You cannot help but feel very many different emotions while reading this book. It sucks you in from the very first page, and holds your interest throughout as you turn the page to read what will happen next. A very compelling and powerful story of survival, perseverance, control and the fight for freedom. Cleverly written through to the very powerful ending, this book was simply amazing!

After the Fire is told from alternating timelines – between the past (before the fire), and the present (after the fire). As we read the book the story slowly unfolds, as the main character Moonbeam tells her powerful story. Bit by bit we get glimpses into what really happened, and piece by piece we eventually get to understand the whole story and what truly happened.

I felt many different emotions while reading this novel. At times I felt sorry for Moonbeam and all the young children and in this book, as I read what they had to endure and go through on a daily basis. Reading how they were treated, both unkindly and unfairly, and were lied to and manipulated for so many years by the adults who were supposed to protect them and care for them. And don’t get me started on Father John. What a piece of work he was! I quickly learned to despise Father John.

After the Fire is a powerful and wonderful story that was a pleasure to read. It made me feel all the feels and feel so many different emotions. What an emotional roller coaster! I highly recommend this book.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi @Sonia_Faruqi @PenguinRandomCA #theoysterthief #penguinrandomca #blogtour #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #soniafaruqi

BLOG TOUR

Happy Publication Day to The Oyster Thief by talented author Sonia Faruqi! This book is on sale today!

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for this beautifully written novel. Look at that book cover. It is simply gorgeous!

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for the book.

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK…

The mermaid’s scales were bronze, and they shimmered like hundreds of pennies arranged close together. Her immense blue-green eyes gave a look of fragility to her face, yet he found her eyes unsettling. She was leaning against a thirty-foot-long shark, which emerged from behind her and opened its mouth to reveal a great big cavern lined with hundreds of teeth—a black tunnel ready to swallow him.

Coralline is a mermaid who is engaged to the merman of her dreams. But when an oil spill wreaks havoc on her idyllic village life, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir made of starlight.

Izar, a human man, is on the cusp of an invention that will enable him to mine the depths of the ocean. His discovery will soon make him the richest man on earth—while threatening merpeople with extinction. But then, suddenly, Izar finds himself transformed into a merman and caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue. Meeting Coralline in the ocean, he decides to join her on her quest for the elixir, hoping it will turn him human again.

The quest pushes Coralline and Izar together, even though their worlds are at odds. Their pasts threaten to tear them apart, while a growing attraction adds to the danger. Ultimately, each of them faces an impossible choice. Should Coralline leave her fiancé for a man who might betray her? And Izar has a dark secret of his own—one that could cause him to lose Coralline forever. Magnificent and moving, set against a breathtaking ocean landscape, The Oyster Thief is a richly imagined odyssey destined to become a classic.

 

MY REVIEW:

This book was a beautifully written story of an under water adventure. I found it to be like a modern day tale of The Little Mermaid. Faruqi takes you on a beautiful journey in the sea as a young mermaid takes on the journey of finding an elixir in the hopes of saving her brother who has become ill.

Along the way we are introduced to many likable characters and I loved learning about them all and their different ways of life under the sea. We are introduced to a wide variety of different characters in the book and it was interesting to read about them all and get an understanding of their various personalities and their life.

The writing in the book makes you feel as if you are there in the ocean world with the characters and their world under water seems to come to life in a very colourful way in the book. A magical story that takes the reader on this beautiful and incredible journey with them.

A great read for lovers of fantasy type books. Happy reading! 🙂

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sonia Faruqi

Sonia Faruqi is the author of critically acclaimed Project Animal Farm. A masterful storyteller, she pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel, The Oyster Thief. She lives in Toronto.

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